LESLIE: Harold in Texas is on the line and has a roofing question. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.
HAROLD: The skylight (inaudible at 0:26:30). Someone has a – they had a leak on it and someone had one out there and took the dome off the skylight itself and left the frame. Now, my (inaudible at 0:26:39) it’s a frame and they put a modified on that. It’s torch-down. Is there any way that it should be leaking through the concrete shaft that goes into the roof itself?
TOM: OK. So you have a skylight that has a history of leakage. People have been out there sort of pulling the dome apart and trying to, what, tar it and get it to stop leaking? Is that what’s happening?
HAROLD: Yeah. Yes, see they put a modified torch-down on – you know, they put an old piece of plywood down.
TOM: Yeah. Hmm. Yeah.
HAROLD: But it still hasn’t stopped the problem.
TOM: Yeah. I’ve got to tell you, the – what kind of pitch does this have, this roof?
HAROLD: It’s flat (inaudible at 0:27:10).
TOM: Yeah, that’s about the toughest type of skylight to leak-proof. And I will tell you that if it’s not working for you, probably the shortest distance between two points to get this thing fixed is to pull it off and put a new light in. You’re going to want one with a solid curb and it’s going to be a composite curb. And then those types of curbs, especially if you have to buy one that’s designed for a flat roof, will have the built-in flashing system as part of that.
And if it’s done right, you can flood that roof with water and nothing’s going to happen to it. But I suspect that the light that was put in there now probably wasn’t even designed for a flat roof. And somebody tried to make it work and it’s just not happening. And as you’ve seen with these repairs, it’s not really solving it. But this is important.
If we – we’ve got to get this fixed because it’s going to impact the structure, it’s going to impact the home’s value. So, this is something – why don’t you do this? Why don’t you go to HomeAdvisor.com, nationwide company that will help you find experienced, certified, trusted pros. It’s all free online. You can read reviews from other people that have used these guys. And then maybe you can get a couple of pros to go take a look at it and give you a sense as to what’s really going to be required to make this right. I would use a service like that where you have other individuals that have used these guys before evaluating their – them and giving you reviews right online.
So it’s called HomeAdvisor.com. Check it out, Harold, and good luck with that project.
HAROLD: Yes, sir. Thank you very much.